Day of Devastation: A multimedia look at Alabama's deadly tornado outbreak by

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Release date: 2011-06-08
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On April 27, 2011, the deadliest tornado outbreak in Alabama in almost 80 years claimed at least 238 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and changed the landscape of Alabama forever.

This app is a collection of first-hand accounts, survivor videos, satellite imagery and more than 180 photos from the hardest-hit counties, as well as audio and video from President Barack Obama.

More than 50 separate tornadoes spun across the state that day. In the towns of East Franklin and Phil Campbell in north Alabama husbands and wives died trying to escape the storms' fury. At least three tornadoes cut through Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, and killed 41 and destroyed entire housing communities that fateful day. One survivor of the tornado that decimated much of Birmingham's Pratt City area said it sounded like "ten thousand horses came over my house and they were chasing a freight train."

The stories and images here were produced by The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, the Press-Register and the newspapers’ online home,

★ Aerial photos of the destruction from north and central Alabama you have to see to believe
★ GeoEye satellite images from Tuscaloosa County and Jefferson County that show how the storms deadly paths appear from space
★ Photos of the twisters on the ground in Cullman, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and other cities
★ President Barack Obama's speech from Tuscaloosa, two days after the tornadoes
★ Full screen, 360-degree views from some of the hardest-hit areas
★ A tribute to those who lost their lives in the storms
★ Links to donate toward relief and recovery efforts
★ See the photo that traveled the world: The single image that has come to symbolize the devastation and that has been published in New York, London, Time and People magazines and more
★ Storm-by-storm: See detailed meteorological descriptions for each confirmed tornado